My garden has started! This is adorable. And already helpful. I didn't have space for a paper garden lot or spare cards, so I made cards from cardstock and put them in a self made envelope. Will report back in some weeks!
A downloadable game
A Monster-Raising Game
In this world, there are endless variations of magical plants, all categorized under the umbrella term 'Mandrake'.
What makes mandrakes special is that they don't just live off of sunlight, water, and nutrients.
For a mandrake to thrive, it needs to be near a sense of purpose.
A mandrake can lie outside the door of a poet, or lounge on the carpet of a classroom, or sit atop a hill watching a construction site, and bask like a lizard under a heat lamp.
As the world has become busier, mandrake sightings have grown less common.
There hasn't been a truly massive mandrake in over a century.
But that's where you come in.
With a little plot of land, you can raise and care for civilization's cast-off mandrakes. You can give them water and light and fertilizer---and you can give them purpose.
It's not always easy work.
The sun burns hot, your arms get tired, and letting yourself genuinely care about something new is always a risk.
But the mandrakes need someone to look after them, and you already have a perfect plot of land for gardening.
Mandrake Sanctuary is a solitaire LARP about raising magical plant-creatures. You play by sketching several plots of land onto a piece of paper, and then journaling or drawing your mandrakes as they grow.
Mandrakes grow based on the type of soil mix you've fortified them with. Some mixes activate when you work out, or relax, or do something creative, or spend time with a friend. Others activate when you simply make it through the day.
Overall, you can watch your garden grow over time, filling with healthy mandrakes as it does.
There's no pressure to the gameplay, and your mandrakes can get by just fine without tending. Mandrake Sanctuary is also designed to be easy to pick up and put down, and overall to be a chill and relaxing game about taking care of a bunch of corgi-sized plant-critters.
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This is a lovely game that, for me, gets me to do some things every day more reliably without being micromanaging nor unforgiving of my high flare-up days.
I don't have room to lay out a plot of mandrakes nor playing cards to spare, so I cut up cards and made an envelope for them, and that works for me. You can also do a pure journaling version if drawing isn't your thing.
I am just growing some flowers from Việt Nam in my sanctuary. You can be very flexible with the theme.
I always have one plant growing in Retort's soil mixture (activates if you survive the day), and that is enough to keep me going even if I wasn't able to activate any of the other mixtures that day.
Thank you so much for the game!
I love the envelope idea, and growing local flowers.
And I'm glad the retort's mixture has been helpful.
I'm glad your garden's growing well!
Still at it most every day. This has helped me a lot in staying on target with developing good habits and even decreasing bad ones, with a margin of forgiveness that doesn't trigger my anxiety. Especially when my CPTSD flares up. Love it. Still working on my original six plants gradually.
I love this game! The idea is very cute, and the art is beautiful. I just read the manual, and I'm starting to make the garden. I can't wait to start raising mandrakes!
Thanks for the game! ^^